The conventional khaki shirt and trouser, woollen caps and archaic leather shoes don't quite make up for an attractive uniform, and so, our police force is a tad too boring to look at. But all this is set to change.
The country's police will soon get a makeover with the boring uniform giving way to a smarter and more comfortable version.
The Union home ministry has commissioned a study in which uniforms of police from across the world will be observed.
This will form the basis for modifying the uniform the Indian police wear, which was essentially designed in the pre-Independence era.
As new, more comfortable fabrics are now available and things like the leather belt and the woollen beret have lost their utility, the home ministry has decided it's time to rehash the design of the Indian police uniform.
The main idea is to make a policeman look smarter and comfortable in his uniform.
According to the objectives of the study, the new uniform should be smart and professional and convey authority as well as give a unique identity to the policeman.
"The police throughout the country should have a uniform that is comfortable, weather- friendly and has the utility features that are a requirement of the day. There will be a comparative study of police uniforms of important countries with a view to suitably modify uniforms for the Indian police and suggest a practical working uniform, for all hierarchical levels," an MHA official said.The change will start from the top - the woollen beret cap.
These caps, which are issued once a year to each policeman in the constabulary, have been found to be rather uncomfortable to wear, given the usual warm and sunny weather in the country.
They are also inconvenient when dealing with law and order situations or driving a twowheeler.The replacement for these woollen beret caps could be baseball caps with POLICE written on them, which will not only be lightweight and offer shade, but look trendy as well.
Many police forces abroad use such caps.Another highly uncomfortable feature are the wide leather belts which come with heavy metal buckles, making them discomforting to wear over long hours. A replacement now being considered is modern nylon multi-utility belts which will do away with the metal buckles
.These light-weight belts will be multi-utility with dedicated grooves to hold on to accessories like wireless sets, mobile phones, whistles and even a weapon to increase tactical as well as operational functionality
.The fabric of the khaki shirts and trousers makes life miserable
for policemen during the summer.It is now being suggested that the police be allowed to shift to pure cotton shirts or even collared T-shirts of khaki colour, which will have concealed pockets to hold essential items. Similarly, the staid formal trousers will give way to new cargo trousers with no pleats but multiple pockets, according to a suggestion to the home ministry
And lastly, the shoes might be changed too. They can be replaced with working tactical shoes that are sporty and light- weight. Ankle- length boots can also be used, according to a suggestion
"The whole idea is that the new uniform should provide occupational protection. It should be suitable for tough working conditions and not hinder the policeman's performance while on duty," a senior home ministry official said.
The uniform will have to be comfortable and weather-friendly. It should also be suitable for tough working conditions.
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Finally! Imho this is also one of the reasons that Indian police personnel always seem frustrated.